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Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
January 31, 2012 02:15
Re: Reaction to Redhat/Fedora modified releases
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On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 16:49, David Golden <> wrote:
> I have several reactions and want to pull them out of the "WTF" thread
> for more constructive conversation about what to do next.
> (1) IANAL, but in reviewing both GPL and Artistic, I think they are in
> violation of the license.  Artistic is specific that they can't call
> the binary "perl" if it is non-standard.  GPL is specific that
> modified copies must carry "prominent notices" of the change.  To be
> "standard" (Artistic) or "unmodified" (GPL) one must distribute
> "verbatim" copies (source or binary) -- and removing standard
> libraries is not verbatim.

If that's true they could easily mitigate this by choosing to only
distribute under the GPL (Perl is dual-licensed, you can pick only one
license and go with that), and they could just add those prominent
noticed to be in compliance.

Thus I don't think starting some ugly legal process that could
trivially end with an hour's work on their part to add notices & carry
on with what they've been doing is the right way to go.

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